SEA Games 2015: Singapore Open Day 2 Report
ANDREW PIRIE – ATFS Statitiscian & editor of pinoyathletics.info
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The Philippines increased its final gold output to 6 golds on the second day, to finish second behind Indonesia that took 9 golds. The team had a mixture of good and not so good performances. No National Records were set in the whole meet.
Obiena overcomes SEA Games dress rehearsal
On what can be described as a dress rehearsal for the SEA Games 19 year old Ernest John Obiena the SEA Junior Record Holder turned the tables on his SEA Games tormentors. It was a splendid competition with the top four vaulters in SEA making this an interesting ‘FOUR WAY DANCE’. Obiena was on his own at 5.20m and then had 3 fails at 5.25m which would have been a SEA Record.
Second was Thai teenager Pooranot Purahong who tied his PB at 5.10m, and third was defending SEA Games Champion and Record Holder Kreetha Sintacheewa (Thai) 4.80m. Surprisingly local favorite Cheng Shang Yao (Singapore) tied with Kreetha for the bronze. The other Filipino Decathlete Janry Ubas leapt 4.60m. SEA Games silver medalist Iskandar Alwi (Malaysia) who cleared 5.16m at Kuala Lumpur last week could only manage 4.60m.
Ulboc breaks 9 min barrier in a close fight
Christopher Ulboc shaved 5 seconds off his personal best time of 9:01.59 which he had set to win the 2013 SEA Games. However the defending champion was well challenged by 2014 SEA #1 Purwanto of Indonesia. Ulboc held off the challenge of Purwanto 8:56.60 to 8:56.75. Le Trong Giang of Vietnam was third in 9:08.71
However there is now a lot of work to be done for Ulboc who shifted his training to Baguio to focus on defending his title. Ulboc is ranked 4th on the Philippine All Time List behind Begeo, Buenavista and Herrera.
Herrera who paced Ulboc for the first five laps was unable to finish the race.
Diones joins 16 meter club 1 cm off National Record
Mark Harry Diones made legitimate his case to join the delegation for the 2015 SEA Games. Diones who improved his personal best from 15.84 (national open a few weeks ago) to 16.11 came just 1cm off breaking the national record off many time SEA Games medalist in this event Joebert Delicano.
Delicano who is now a national coach stated.
Just a centimeter, he will probably break the record at the SEA Games.
Diones finished a close second behind Kongnil Varunyoo of Thailand who won with 16.16m. Varunyoo has the season lead for 2015. Third was local Stephen Tseng who has just returned off military service who leapt 15.76m, and tied behind for fourth with the same leap was SEA Game bronze medalist Philakong (THA).
Maulas is finally a national champion
Wenlie ‘Fishman’ Maulas won his first national title in the 800m in a time of 1:52.69 beating Abdul Haris of Indonesia. Wenlie who was a perenial second place at the national championships here in the Philippines is now the national champion of Singapore. Wenlie is looking in the medal hunt right now at the SEA Games in two months.
Other Filipino Results
The Philippines Mens 4×4 took the gold in a two team race over Singapore. The quartet composed of Baguio Boys Johan Caido, along with SEA Games Gold and Silver medalist Bagsit and Alejan, was joined by SEA Games Decathlon Champion Jesson Ramil Cid. Cid filled in for Ryan Bigyan who is busy with exams. The team clocked 3:11.40 with Caido, Alejan, Cid, Bagsit the order.
In the 400 Hurdles Junrey Bano finished fourth, first and second were two Taipei athletes. SEA Games silver medalist Andrian (INA) 52.96 to Bano 53.03. Its an interesting fight for second place at SEA Games with SEA Champion Eric Cray more than three seconds ahead of everyone else in SEA with his 49.62 clocking. Andrian, Bano and Musa (52.80 in Malaysia open) are all around the same sort of time which is over 3 seconds behind Cray.